How to Buy Discount Appliances

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Purchasing new appliances can make your life easier, lower your energy bills and give your home an updated look. Since appliances can represent a significant investment, it's important that you research before making a purchase to get the best value. You need not sacrifice quality to save money on appliances. Follow these steps to buy great appliances at discount prices.

Instructions

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      Find discount appliance retailers in your area. Many appliance specialty stores sell discontinued models at a reduced price. These appliances are new and come with the standard manufacturer's warranty.

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      Look for scratch and dent sales. Appliances with cosmetic damage cannot be sold for full price, so retailers mark them down, sometimes significantly. Imperfections vary from tiny scratches to large dents, and prices generally correspond to the severity of damage.

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      Purchase floor models. If you see a floor model that's in good condition, express interest to a salesperson. Although appliance sellers might not formally advertise floor model sales, a store manager may be willing to sell a floor model for less.

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      Buy discount appliances online. Web-based appliance retailers often offer better than manufacturer's suggested retail price. Look for offers of free shipping and reasonable delivery and installation fees.

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      Limit your search to energy efficient appliances, many of which have an Energy Star rating. Efficient appliances may cost more upfront, but require less energy than other models, resulting in significantly lower energy bills.

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      Read the fine print. If you buy a discontinued or damaged appliance, the sale may be final. Make sure you can exchange an item if it doesn't function properly. Get the return policy in writing and keep your copy for future reference.

Tips & Warnings

  • Appliance salespeople may try to sell you an extended warranty. If your appliance comes with a manufacturer's warranty, skip the extended warranty and save money.

  • Gas appliances are generally more expensive than electric models, but require less energy to operate and are great long-term money savers.

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